I first started collecting D&D prepainted minis, then got a couple pro painted ones for my D&D games. After that I bought a couple Reaper metal figures (they're still in the blister) because I thought they were cool, and I always had the intention of painting them. However, I had no clue where I would possibly start, so they sat in a box for a long time. Got back into Pathfinder several years later and I used my old figures for that. Rediscovered Reaper Miniatures when the Bones 2 kickstarter was running, but wife was already in palliative care at the time so I wasn't able to get into it. Loved the updates during it, though, and the silliness always brought a smile to her face. Eventually I found out Bones 3 was starting, so I backed it immediately. Everyone in the comments section was so friendly and welcoming, and @buglips*the*goblin and others invited me to the forums. I've been here ever since, and I've loved every minute of it. After Bones 3 finished I suddenly thought 'Holy crap, I have a ton of miniatures coming to me, maybe I should start learning to paint them.' I learned as much as I could from everyone on the forums and started out with the basic paints and brushes, and painted my first kobolds. After that it kind of took off for me, though it's died down quite a bit in the last year or so.